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GCN Circular 15837

GRB 140215A: Swift detection of a burst with optical counterpart
2014-02-15T04:16:28Z (10 years ago)
David Palmer at LANL <>
C. B. Markwardt (NASA/GSFC), S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC),
L. M. Z. Hagen (PSU), J. A. Kennea (PSU), V. Mangano (PSU),
F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC), C. J. Mountford (U Leicester),
K. L. Page (U Leicester), D. M. Palmer (LANL) and M. H. Siegel (PSU)
report on behalf of the Swift Team:

At 04:07:10 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 140215A (trigger=586680).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 104.136, +41.780 which is 
   RA(J2000)  =  06h 56m 33s
   Dec(J2000) = +41d 46' 49"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  The BAT light curve shows a couple of overlapping
FRED-like peaks with a duration of about 25 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~4500 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~0 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 04:09:08.0 UT, 117.7 seconds after
the BAT trigger. XRT found a bright, uncatalogued X-ray source located
at RA, Dec 104.1489, 41.7858 which is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = +06h 56m 35.74s
   Dec(J2000) = +41d 47' 08.9"
with an uncertainty of 6.1 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 40 arcseconds from the BAT onboard position, within the BAT
error circle. No event data are yet available to determine the column
density using X-ray spectroscopy. 

The initial flux in the 2.5 s image was 6.19e-10 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 125 seconds after the BAT trigger. There is a candidate afterglow in
the rapidly available 2.7'x2.7' sub-image at
  RA(J2000)  =	06:56:35.83 = 104.14928
  DEC(J2000) = +41:47:11.8  =  41.78660
with a 90%-confidence error radius of about 0.74 arc sec. This position is 3.1
arc sec. from the center of the XRT error circle. The estimated magnitude is
15.08 with a 1-sigma error of about  0.14. No correction has been made for the
expected extinction corresponding to E(B-V) of 0.09. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is C. B. Markwardt (Craig.Markwardt AT 
Please contact the BA by email if you require additional information
regarding Swift followup of this burst. In extremely urgent cases, after
trying the Burst Advocate, you can contact the Swift PI by phone (see
Swift TOO web site for information:
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